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Statistical Report

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Primary production data for Tampa Bay is very limited. The phytoplankton component has received the greatest study effort; however, even knowledge of this group is limited and biased by the lack of area-wide and long-term studies, and the use of questionable methodologies. This review will summarize historical primary production data; discuss methodologies and their shortcomings; outline future research needs for understanding the carbon cycle of the Tampa Bay system; and discuss the carbon cycle in relation to trophic dynamics.