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The proposed study will examine effects of nutrient limitation on phytoplankton growth rates in Tampa Bay. The response of growth rate to changes in nutrient additions will be indicated through changes in algal biomass (chlorophyll-a) and fixation of CO2 (C‑14­ uptake). The selected method is similar to methods currently used by the states of Maryland and Virginia for determination of nutrient limitation in Chesapeake Bay waters (Fisher et al. 1992a and b). The proposed study will, therefore, not only yield valuable information about nutrient limitation in Tampa Bay, but will also allow for comparison of information between Tampa Bay and Chesapeake Bay.