A negative mode liquid chromatography-selected reaction monitoring mass spectrometry (LC-SRM MS) method was developed to detect low concentrations of the diarrhetic shellfish poisoning (DSP) toxins okadaic acid and dinophysistoxin-1 (DTX-1). Detection relies upon monitoring the transition of negative precursor ions [M − H]− to a common fragment ion of m/z 255. Our limit of detection for okadaic acid with this method is 0.5 pg on column. LC-SRM MS has allowed us to detect persistent, low concentrations of DSP toxins from Singapore shellfish. Copyright © 1999 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.