Do not let the shellfish become submerged in fresh water, because it will kill them. That means NOT on or under ice, which melts and collects below, suffocating some of the shellfish. And do not recreate a briny home by mixing salt into water. Clams, oysters and mussels will be much better off in the open air, but plan on eating oysters, clams an mussels within a day or two of buying seafood. Remember, any clams, oysters or mussels that do not close when tapped on the counter should be discarded before cooking.
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