Dubai's Wadi Fish Threatened by Pollution, Invasive Species

Little scientific data is available about the mountain fish species known as "wadis," named after the narrow freshwater pools they inhabit in the Middle East. The Wadi Fish Conservation project aims to protect these wadi fish, which are threatened (along with their entire ecosystem) by diminishing water tables, pollution, human development and invasive species such as the Tilapia.

WFC's main study site is the 129 square-kilometer Wadi Wurayah catchments near Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. So far, the group has mapped out 68 freshwater pool habitats over the last 18 months. has more on this story.