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Hillsborough Bay. the northeastern portion of the Tampa Bay estuarine system (Fig. 1) has long suffered from the problems caused by industry and urbanization (Simon 1974). The macroalgal community of this estuary has been identified as a source of nuisance odor problems for many years. A study by the Federal Water Pollution Control Administration (FWPCA 1969) indicated that these problems resulted from degraded water quality (primarily eutrophication) which led to large populations of one or two species of marine red algae (Gracilaria spp.). Seasonal freshwater input resulted in the death and decay of these quantities of algae, producing the odor problem.